June Lockhart’s Recurring Nightmare

by David C. Kopaska-Merkel


she fumbles at the airlock controls,
the children asleep in their beds
dreaming it’s Christmas morning.
Her nightgown repeatedly snags
in the tight quarters,
while the Captain reaches for her,
mumbles “I love you” in his dream,
within her dream;
she finally gets the lock open. 

Instantly she’s sucked into the void;
tumbling, she sees the ship,
things squirming from the open lock,
her breath exploding from her mouth
as she hits the floor,
tangled in the sheets,
her husband sitting bolt upright,
shouting her name,
and she’s home,
soundless screams fading
as John turns on the light.

Copyright © 2021 by David C. Kopaska-Merkel


Featured Poet of the Month David C. Kopaska-Merkel

David assumed human form in Virginia in the 1950’s. He is a scientist and poet. He studies the geology of Alabama, with a particular fondness for ancient reefs; articles have been published in various places. His poetry has been published in many venues including Asimov’s and Strange Horizons. He has written 31 books, and is working on #32. He survived the April 27, 2011 tornado.

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